The HOSA competitive program is comprised of two levels: Locomotive '53 and Locomotive '76 (formally Hilliard FC) for ages 9-19 (1999-2008). Teams are formed via tryouts conducted by Locomotive SC staff at the end of each spring season. Once tryouts are completed each participant will receive a recommendation as to the level best suited to their demonstrated level of development (8 year olds are evaluated during the tryout period but all participants are offered a roster spot). Accepting an invitation to join a Locomotive SC team requires a full-year commitment and fees must be paid in full even if a player decides to leave the team prior to the end of the year. Team budgets are based upon the number of players committed and therefore no refunds are issued.
- Locomotive SC programs are designed with specific expectations regarding player development. Teams play both a fall and spring season (including league tournaments) and may participate in external tournaments as assigned by the Technical Staff. All Locomotive SC teams are expected to participate in the winter training program and there are a variety of additional (optional) opportunities throughout the calendar year.
- All teams are treated equally: each has a professional coach supported by the Club Technical Staff; each has a similar number of training sessions and games; each is taught from the same player development manual and all teams wear the same uniform colors. We believe this player centric philosophy is unique in the region.
- Locomotive '53 teams are the entry level of competitive soccer and average 3 soccer activities per week. The focus for '53 teams is on training and league play including end of season league tournaments. Participation in external tournaments is possible and determined on a team by team basis by the Technical Staff. Any such event will be limited to the greater central Ohio area. All relevant details will be addressed at initial team meetings following tryouts.
- Locomotive '76 teams represent the top level of competitive soccer offered by HOSA. Teams may have 3-4 soccer activities per week and compete in the highest level of league and tournament play deemed appropriate by the Technical Staff on a team by team basis. Travel is likely throughout the region and may involve some out of state competition. All relevant details will be addressed at initial team meetings following tryouts.